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. >>> washington watchdog. jon karl finds hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars wasted. >>> lesson from the tape a little boy disappears. his first time walking home from camp. a new insight for parents about when a child should be out alone. >>> healthy living. a big change in what your doctor should be doing for you. dr. richard besser on the secrets of getting the health care you deserve. >>> and, watch out, world. the american girls who took the prize at the biggest, toughest science competition in the world. >>> good evening. for the fifth time this week, republicans and democrara were squabbling and arguing about what to do, as the clock keeps ticking down. the august 2nd deadline, when america will default on paying its debts to the world, which would cause a body blow to the american economy. the president said today he knows that people are stressed out by thaticking clock, and across the countryrywe heard it. so many people saying, this is exactly the reason they're frustrated with the way washington works. and abc's jim avila starts us off. jim? >> reporter: diane, wall street is nerv
a partnership, but jon karl is in washington, and the speaker fired off a letter just before we came on the air tonight.t. >> reporter: that's right. the speaker and the president were on the veshlg of a histori deal that would have cult spending by $3.5 trillion, dealt with the debt crisis and raised the debt ceiling. now, the speaker fired off this letter, saying the deal, the talks are over. he says it has become evident that the white house is simply not serious about ending the spending binge. in the end, the speaker writes, we could not connect. i'm told this broke down over a disagreement over how much to raise tax revenues. >> and jon, the president said he was going to fire back, too, here's what the president just said, we'll get your reaction here. >> we have run out of time and they are going to have to explain to me how it is that we are going to avoid default. and they can come up with any plans that they want and bring them up here and we will work on them. the only bottom line that i have is that we have to extend this debt ceiling through the next election. >> jon, you can almo
default, two weeks from today. so, abc's jon karl took your messages straight to the lawmakers in the middle of the mess. jon? >> reporter: yes,, diane. we have -- we went and talked to members of congress i i botot chambers, gave their reaction to what we're hearing in terms of the anger coming from the american people. a grup of freshmen house republicans descended on the white house today demanding the president come up with a plan to deal with the debt. >> don't keep shirking your responsibility. >> what is your written plan? >> reporter: but across the country, voters are telling washington they're disgusted with all sides. >> they need to get off the dime. >> we've had enough. >> get it done. >> reporter: we went around capitol hill to put your concerns directly to those in power. starting with democratic senator mark warner of virginia. senator, this is peggy from richmond, virginia. >> if we're really not careful, we're going to end up with a depression that is far worse than the one that our parents and our grandparents lived through. >> reporter: can you say anything
situation. for the latest we begin with jon karl. jon, you broke the story of this framework late last night. this morning we were all told the leaders were going to inform their rank and file members of the details this afternoon, but hour after hour has gone by. the briefings haven't taken place, there's no final deal. >> the reason why it hasn't happened is because they have a few minor issues to be worked out. i'm told they are relatively minor issues. once that happens, the hard work happens, which is they have to convince enough rank and file democrats and republicans to support the bill to get it passed. a rare sunday on capitol hill. senators rushing to work and even rarer these days, the leaders actutually smiling. they finally have come together. congressional leaders and the president on a debt plan. it looks like this. a debt ceiling increase of up to $2.4 trillion. that's enough to last through the presidential election. agreement on up to $1.2 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years. a new congressional committee to recommend additional deficit reduction of up to $1.5 trillion.
political correspondent, jon karl, has been on this story every step of the way. and he leads us off, once again, tonight. jon, good evening to you. >> reporter: good evening, dan. well, the house and the senate have spent the last 24 hours on a series of showboats on bills that don't have a chance of passing. but republican leaders say they're fully engaged with the white house. and have spoken with the president this afternoon to try to find a way to break the impasse. finally, signs of progress. >> i'm confident and optimistic that we're going to get an agreement in the very near future and resolve this crisis. >> despite our differences, we're dealing with reasonable, responsible people, who want this crisis to end as quickly as possible. and i'm confident we will. >> reporter: you wouldn't know it by looking at what congress is actually doing. >> the american people are looking for a real solution. >> reporter: the house spent the day voting down the bill offered by senate democrats, even though the senate hadn't passed it yet. >> there is absolutely no excuse for this reckless, unpat
at the white house tonight. david, thank you. >>> i want to bring in jon karl tonight, also right there in washington, and jon, you've been deking into what's been going on behind the scenes s re and you told me, you have the president and republican house speaker john boehner actually close to a deal and then what happened? >> reporter: that's right. they were both ready to begin talking about this big deal, but what happened is, speaker boehner faced the opposition, not only from tea party members of congress, but from his own leadership. eric cantor, the number two republican in the house, actually told him point blank that he would not support such a big deal if it included anything that could be called tax increases and cantor said, yhe would lose many, many republicans in the house. >> and it was not only eric cantor on the republican side, but nancy pelosi on the democratic side giving the president trouble. >> reporter: absolutely. i spoke to a lot of tom democratic leaders about this. former speaker pelosi made it clear that she was not going to support anything that woul
, jon karl and jake tapper in washington and all three told me they have never seen anything like this before. >> reporter: with just about a week to go, none of the leaders, none of them, not the president, not the speaker of the house, not the democratic leader of the senate, know how this is going to turn out. right now, there are no votes to pass anything. >> so, you are saying that the white house has no idea -- >> >> reporter: how this is going to play out? absolutely not. >> they have a plan? >> reporter: nonon at all. i have never seen a situation like this in 20 years in this town where nobody knows how it's going to end. >> republicans get to have their fight next year, right, in any case. we have fight about taxes in this country during an election year. why make the debt ceiling an issue? why make it about the debt ceiling as opposed to the fact that we're going to elect a president? >> reporter: because it's working for them right now. >> reporter: and diane, the question is, you got to force congress to do this. the republicans want to force congress to, and the pres
. will this break the log jam though? let's bring in abc's jon karl for the latest. >> reporter: the house just approved john boehner's bill to raise the debt ceiling. it was a narrow party line vote. he won only after giving into the demands of a handful of conservatives who forced him to make changes that assured the bill's defeat in the senate for speaker boehner, a painful victory. >> i stuck my neck out a mile to try to get an agreement with the president of the united states. i stuck my neck out a mile. a lot of people can never say yes. this house has acted. it is time for the administration and time for our colleague colleagues across the aisle, put something on the table. tell us where you are. >> reporter: he never got that agreement with the president and instead had to put pressure on tea partiers to support his bill. hours of meetings all over the capitol to tell them to get your ass in line. late last night, one of them emerged shaken but not budging. >> how much pressure on you to change your mind on that? >> i am very pleasantly surprised that they are not twisting and ripping a
to jon carl who first breck this story, the story of a framework last night. jon, dan used the word at the top of the broadcast, the emphasis here is on "fragile." >> that's right. the details are still being worked out. you know how important the details are, and nobody has signed on the dotted line yet. but i am told congressional leaders will brief their membership on the framework of this tentative deal later this morning. >> majority leader. >> late last night, senate majority leader, harry reid called off a vote on the debt ceiling plan, citing progress towards a deal. >> i'm glad to see this move toward cooperation and compromise. i hope it bears fruit. >> reporter: congressional sources tell abc news that two sides have tentatively agreed to a framework that includes a debt ceiling increase of up to $2.4 trillion, enough to last through the presidential election. agreement on more than $1 trillionon ispending cuts in the next ten years and a new special congressional committee to recommend additional deficit reduction of more than a trillion dollars. if congress doesn't act
talk couldn't get the votes. they pulled it shortly before midnight. jon karl is watching it all from capitol hill. the speaker says he'll try again today. >> reporter: he will, but, gege, this debt ceiling crisis has become a political crisis for republicans. boehner will convene all 240 house republicans this morning to make one final push for it. but the reason he pulled the bill last night is he just couldn't get enough republicans to pass his own bill. republican leaders worked late into the night trying to get the votes to pass their own debt ceiling bill. reporters swarmed around utah republican jason chafitz. he told us he's still not sure. >> i'm surprised they are not twisting and ripping arms off. >> reporter: the speaker said he can't do his job if you respect there to support him. >> i am fully supportive of the speaker. i just can't support his bill but i do support the speaker. >> reporter: but for speaker of the house john boehner, the political stakes could not be higher. >> his leadership of the republicans in the house and being speaker is clearly at stake here if h
for some republicans. former massachusetts governor mitt romney and former utah governor jon huntsman spent the day in new hampshire. newt gingrich and michele bachmann campaigned in iowa. >>> 100 people are now u.s. citizens after a fourth of july ceremony. >> congratulations. you are america's newest citizens. >> it took place at george washington's mt. vernone estates. speakers urged the new americans to have big dreams and pursue them. >>> first lady michelle obama will help salute military families during tonight's washington nationals game. before the game, children from military families will escort her to firstthetghehe homeplate. >>> what were the fourth of july be without fireworks and a hot dog eating contest? >> 5 4 3 2, 1. >> joey chestnut scarfed down 623 hot dogs in 10 minutes. at coney island. he was a six short of his own record. meanwhile, sonya from alexandria won the women's contest. she downed 40 hot dogs. >> go sonya. >> what do you say after that? they at 102 hot dogs in 10 minutes. >> that is enough to make you what -- not want to eat breakfast. >>> that other main
. jim sciutto, thank you. let's bring in senior political correspondent jon karl who's been all over this story since the beginning. we've got the boehner and reid plan. neither of these things can pass so what, if anything, is being done to craft some sort of compromise? >> reporter: well, there are, as you heard jim mention quiet negotiations going on between harry reid and mitch mcconnell. mitch mcconnell has been on the phone several times with vice president biden over the last several days trying to find one last-ditch effort to get what everybody knows needs to happen, dada that is something that has bipartisan support. i got to tell you, though, the atmosphere is so poisoned here, the question is once they get that agreement, can they pass it. >> well, let me pick up on it. there's been so much tough talk, even trash talk. i wonder if there is another wiggle room rhetorically for the hard-liners on either side to back down. >> reporter: i think -- maybe not the hard-liners but i think there is wiggle room. if you look at those two bills you have there, there is incredible com
on the campaign trail. jon huntsman and mitt romney were in new hampshire. michelle baachman and newt gingrich shared the spotlight at this fourth of july parade. >>> coming up, kasey anthony's future is now in the hands of the jury. >> dominique strauss-kahn may have a new legal fight. a new woman accusing him of sexual assault and his plan to fight back against the accusation. >> dominique strauss-kahn faces a new legal problem tonight. a french novelist said she will file a complaint saying that he attempted to rape her. he denies the allegations and plans to countersue. this comes a few days after he was freed on bail in the u.s.. this comes after his credibility has been publicly questioned. >>>>> according to a new report, the typical american worker got one half of 1% pay raise last year but the average ceo got a purees of 23%. >>> still to come, will the storms stairway -- stay away from the fireworks tonight? >> more drama in the courtroom for kasey anthony today. >> plus an american makes history on this holiday. you cannot get any more american >> we are monitoring the developments
party republicans who have been blocking action. will it work? abc's jon karl on capitol hill tonight. >> reporter: diane, this is john boehner's biggest test as speaker of the house. he's got to convince those tea party republicans to support his plan to raise the debt ceiling. john boehner is cracking the whip. he convened a meeting of all 240 house republicans today. sources who were there tell abc he had a blunt message for tea partiers. get your ass in line, he said. i can't do this job unless you are behind me. that's what gets you in line? >> we are a team. we are about trying to move the country toward. >> reporter: some of john boehner's tea partiers don't believe the warnings. >> armageddon midnight, august 3 is simply not the case. it's not true. >> reporter: kevin mccarthy urged republicans to unite behind boehner's plan by showing this clip from the movie "the town." >> i need your help. i can't tell you what it is, you can never ask me about it now and we're going to hurt some people. >> whose car are we going to take? >> reporter: allen west liked what he heard. >> so,
karl is in washington and has more on all this. good morning, jon. >> reporter: good morning, robin. there is no presidential candidate with more momentum right now than michele bachmann. ♪ my home in -- >> reporter: no republican presidential candidate has taken a harder line on the debt ceiling showdown than michele bachmann. >> we were all shocked and appalled that president obama dangled out in front of the cameras that senior citizens may not get their checks. that's a very dangerous statement to make. we don't believe -- excuse me. excuse me. we don't believe that for a moment. >> reporter: tough talk from bachmann is nothing new but she now speaks with new-found authority as a top tier contender for the republican presidential nomination. a new national poll puts bachmann firmly in second place as the leading challenger to front-runner mitt romney. and in key first caucus state iowa, three separate polls over the past week put bachmann in first place. >> republican primary voters are looking for somebody who has -- brings some excitement, who brings something different to t
that to happen. >> with that let me bring in our team. jake tapper, jon karl on capitol hill. jon, given the deadlock, the senate republican leader mitch mcconnell says he doesn't think a deal can be reached so calm up with a last-ditch fallback. >> reporter: last choice option, only if the talks completely collapse. it's complicated but the bottom line is, it would give the president the authority on his own to gradually raise that debt ceiling by $2.5 trillion between now and the election. the political burden is all the president's. he can do it without spending cuts and even in the face of opposition from the majority in congress. i talked to a lot of republicans in the house, rank and file, who say it's not acceptable. they want real spending cut, a lot of them and nothing else. >> there's no guarantee of spending cuts even though it would avoid tax increases. any openness in the white house to that and where do they think the talks are right now? are they as pessimistic as mr. mcconnell? >> reporter: well, mcconnell's deal sent two signals to the white house, one, good news to them
's bring in jake tapper and jon karl from capitol hill. jon, they tried to work on a smaller reduction deal but that didn't go much better. >> reporter: the divide is as deep as ever. they outlined 1.7trillion cuts, not enough but democrats called it completely unacceptable because it included cuts to medicare and no tax revenue increases. steny hoyer said he couldn't get a senior democratic vote for a plan. >> that means that it couldn't pass. courthouse have any idnew ideas >> reporter: they're pushing for the big deal, a lot of pain at one, entitle tks. president obama outlined the plan and said, you can't expect seniors to give up $500 when you went own ask for $5 from people like me. wealthy individuals. >> jon, the leader mitchell mcconnell is looking at a contingency plan which could be a short-term extension. >> reporter: he's tight-lipped about what they mean. they could give him a chance to accept that which he ruled out or one with no tax increases. >> the president very clear on that. >> reporter: he said he's not signing any short-term plans. the debt ceiling needs to be raised
are saying it can be done. failure to do it would lead to economic meltdown. >> jon, thank you very much. joining me to discuss the road ahead is the white house chief of staff bill daley. thank you very much for joining us. you've heard what jon said. you've seen what speaker boehner has done last night. what's your reaction to the deal being pulled right now? >> it's very unfortunate the speaker made the comments he has. the president is committed to solving this deficit possible for the future of america. he's looking forward to the meeting to play out his case. he's saying, it is time now to make the tough decisions. in this town, generally they kick the can. nobody wants to do the tough things. he's committed to do that. he's not giving up on trying to bring economic sanity to the city and that's his goal. >> is he still committed to the mega-deal, so to speak? because this is what is floated in the last several days that speaker boehner said no longer possible. will the president continue to push for that? >> the president believes it is time to solve this problem. time to give con
answers from our two guests today. budget director, jack lew and jon kyl. two people around the negotiating table. in the meantime, also the report about wanting to go back to the grabbed bargain. speaker boehner said he wants to do that. the president said he wants to do that. the question is whether they can get elements on boararto pass such a thing. that, also is something that is being required right now by the ratings agency. moodys. standards & poors. said they must have some credible deficit reduction plan, 4 trillion or so over the next 10 years because of the way they are looking at the u.s. dollar and threatening to downgrade u.s. credit worthiness, and add to the catastrophic woes a default can bring. >> if we do not have a plan by this friday we will not meet the august 2nd deadline. all right. cristiane, a lot of tension there in washington. be sure to join christiane where she sits down with office of management and budget, jacob lew and senate minority whip, jon kyl on "this week." >> now, filling in for ron claiborne once again is abc's andrea canning. >> go
. >>> the red sox, there's jon lester as the red sox took on blue jays. lester strikes out adam lipid. he left with a no-no ink tact. blue jays down 3-0. jose bautista, deep into the night, 28th home run of the season. blue jays are down now. later in the inning john mcdonald and heads to home, mcdonald, the throw, nicely done. he may have beaten the tab but the red sox win it, 3-2. >>> albert pujols expected to miss up to six weeks with a small fracture had his left wrist, back after 15 days. activated tuesday but not in the lineup. holliday was. that leaves in a early. 16th multihome run game of his career. lance berkman gets every bit of that pitch, 350th career home run as the cards win , 8-1. that'll do it for this espn news update. i'm will selva. >>> all right. well, police in the bay area are trying to track down a stolen picasso and the man would swiped it from the san francisco art gallery. >> a well-dressed man in dark glasses grabbed the pencil drawing and hopped into a waiting taxi. the 1965 work titled "head of a woman" is the size of a standard sheet of paper but experts say it
angeles. topping the list, "madmen." it got 19 nominations. jon hamm received a best actor nomination. in the best supporting actor and actress category, the in the ceremony will be on september 18. if you want to take a look at the complete list of the nominees, go to wjla.com. >>> justin timberlake pressured his co-star to take a date for her country. a female rain is hoping that he will take his own advice. >> i will call you out and ask you to come to the marine corps ball with me on november 12 in washington d.c. >> she is the only female marine instructor at quantico. she posted that video and invited him to be her blind date. she got the invite -- the idea when she watched him to convince her to take a date with another marine. they have started a facebook page to win him over. no word yet on whether he will agree. >> did you see the six guys standing behind her? i think he has no choice. >> let's see what is coming up at 6:00. >> gordon peterson is live in our newsroom. >> we have more details in the biggest heroin bust. another voice is speaking out on the debt ceiling. augus
governor jon huntsman spent the weekend hampshire. in new >> i was doing it the good old fashioned way. g out and meeting people. spend the day in michellehire while will campaign elsewhere. >>> janet jackson is opening up the first time about her virtual duet with her brother michael. t day villiers after his death. performed the iconic song "scream"in london. she said it felt great listening to his voice. >> i that that was quite a performance. 5:50, 4 check on weather and traffic. the minds ofs on everybody for the fourth of july. >> i cannot remember a report of not have we did storms developing in the afternoon. usually they cleared away in the fireworks display. >> evacuation on the national yesterday. >> we could have that issue again today. safest in a building or car. lightning will be the biggest afternoon with strong wind. garden variety storms could bring lightning. lightning is dangerous. this is a look at the base, some clearing in the skies. take a look at some of the totals, a series of storms yesterday. teddy stays in montgomery county, 1.8. adelphi, 1.6. arlington, 1.3.
$17 billion in taxpayer money. money intended to helel the unemployed. tonight, abc's jon karl investigates. >> reporter: florida resident robin dekle was behind bars for violating parole on a drug charge but that's when authorities say she got more than $5,000 in unemployment checks last year. when she got out, florida officials say she blew that taxpayer cash on a trip to orlando and universal studios. and that may be the tip of the iceberg. over the past year, more than 1 out of every $10 the federal government dolled out in unemployment benefits, nearly $17 billion in all, went to people who should not be getting them. some jailbirds. most of them people who kept collectiti checks even after they landed a job. it's especially infuriating to those who play by the rules. >> i know times are hard for everybody, but people who go through the process, i'm -- you're legally trying to do the right thing, it's a hassle enough. and to find this out makes you want to, you know -- >> it's taxpayer money. so, we take it very seriously. and we are activity and energetically putting plan
trail. massachusetts governor mitt romney and former utah governor jon huntsman marched in a parade in new hampshire. newt gingrich and michele bachmann and rick santorum joined a parade in iowa. >>> prince william and his wife kate middleton are wowing crowds. on prince edward island yesterday, prince william got behind the controls of the military helicopter. kate watched from the ground, but later they competed in a dragon boat race. they leave for three day trip to california on july 8. >>> tyler ferrar is in france, and it did not stop him from celebrating an independent state. he became the first ever american to win this stage of the tour de france on the fourth of july. it's his first personal victory in the prestigious race. his teammate retains the yellow jersey. >>> 5:48. take a look at the weather today. how's it looking? >> not too humid. light to moderate. almost a break from the humidity. it is not a complete reprieve. a little bit of a fluctuation. >> we will take it. >> it will be back tomorrow. that is for sure. take a look at the chesapeake bay this morning. ling
competitors were hitting the campaign trail. michele bachmann, jon huntsman. he was searching for support in new hampshire. >> doing it the way it should be done getting out getting small groups of people. >> our founders were not afraid to talk about a creator. they were not afraid to articulate the fact that we were created in the image and likeness of a holy god. >> hunstman will spend independence day in new hampshire. michele bachmann will be in iowa. >>> let's check on traffic and weather. all eyes are on how the day will shape up. >> said that everybody should have their umbrellas and ponchos -- you said that everybody should have their umbrellas and ponchos ready. >> might annual forecast is to have that umbrella -- my annual forecast is to have that umbrella handy. be prepared. lightning is the main concern with everybody being an outside. if you hear thunder, that means lightning is in the area. your safest inside a structure -- you are safest inside a structure. you are also safe from lightning inside your car. look at the rain from those storms yesterday. chevy chase 1.81 in
taking on the astros. pujols, doubling down the right field line. jon jay, the founding father, he comes on home, cardinals out in front, 3-1. carlos lee, el caballo, he can hit, that's gone to left. astro, they go on to get the "w," 5-3 the final count. i'm c ochole wright, for the la on the sports scene check out the highlight express. >>> a grandma cheering them on from the sidelines, she's not related to any of them this. is susie sanchez, the newest member of the team's cheerleading squad. >> sanchez is 37, a mother of three and grandmother of one, pretty good-looking grandmother and it's been her lifelong dream to make the squad. finally this one, she made it. >> congratulations, i like to see that. age is a state of mind. >>> the stories we'll be following later including late night drama on capitol hill. will republicans bring their debt legislation to a vote today? stay with us. mine was earned over the south pacific in 1943. vietnam, 1967. i got mine in iraq, 2003. u.s.a.a. auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation, because it offers a superior level of
down its debt. abc's jon karl explains. >> reporter: we took a journey to the u.s. mint in philadelphia for a lesson in how the government is losing money by making money. this is the presidential dollar coin. congress ordered the mint to make millions of them to honor every dead president but nobody seems to want them. they cost 32 cents a pop to make. the mint makes nearly 2 million of them every day. do the math. about 600,000 dollars a day to make them. because almost nobody uses these things, most go directly into storage. we found a bunch of them 100 miles down the road in a vault. here at the federal reserve in baltimore, the coins are packed into plastic bags stacked one on top of each other all the way up and down this aisle several aisles of them, millions and millions of dollars in presidential coins. federal reserve says they are piling up so quickly they are spending $650,000 to build a new vault in dallas to hold them. shipping the coins there will cost another $3 million. senator jack reed was one of the co-sponsors of the bill that directed the mint to make the coins. us
-up and a straw poll preview. >> david joins us now in the studio to explain. let's begin with an jon huntsman's campaign. it was not the smoothest roll- out. >> you don't get much time to show progress in these campaigns. his campaign manager planned a big meeting today in washington to determine what to do next, how to get more aggressive. he has not shown much progress in the national polls and the first poll in new hampshire showing him in single digits. >> the august straw poll is coming up in iowa. >> tim pawlenty, another candidate stuck in a rut. a lot of that is tied to the rise of michelle bachmann. she is rising and is a close second to mitt romney. iowa willtim pawlenty has to do well. will they place rick perry on the ballot? saturday will be the big day. they both need to do well including michelle bachmann. >> thanks. have a great weekend. >>> time for traffic and weather every 10 minutes. straight to adam caskey. >> dangerously hot temperatures today. it will feel like 118 degrees when you factor in the humidity. these are temperatures in the shade that we refer to. there's a b
and jon huntsman met face to face. what did they say? >> it was a nice exchange, a nice greeting. wishing each other luck and being friends. that's the way that all the candidates on the republican side should be. >> reporter: halfway across the country in clear lake, iowa, two other candidates enjoyed the same parade though hardly the same crowds. >> hi there. happy fourth of july. >> reporter: the surging michele bachmann was surrounded by a sparkly throng of supporters and a new campaign bus. the fourth is a glorious day for all americans including candidates. for them, it may be a chance to take a break from their recent big obsession, cash. mitt romney expects to come in somewhere south of 20 million. tim pawlenty, jon huntman and ron paul all way south of that. around 4 million apiece. meanwhile, president obama could raise as much as 60 million, though he spent the day with men and women whose value is beyond priceless. >> i cannot think of anybody i would rather celebrate with than all of you, the men and women of our military and our extraordinary military families. >> reporter:
)s, other big costs. jake tapper and jon karl have been tracking it. >> reporter: last night after their prime time addresses to house speaker john boehner was overheard saying he didn't sign up to go mano a mano with the president after the president called for congress to compromise. the president spoke sternly to the american people last night blaming house republicans, especially freshmen, for holding up a debt deal. >> the only reason this balanced approach isn't on its way to becoming law right now is because a significant number of republicans in congress are insisting on a different approach. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner responded that the president wants to continue his rampant spending. >> the president often said we need a balanced approach, which in washington means, we spend more and you pay more. >> reporter: right now there are two competing bills, to raise the debt ceiling and reduce the deficit. a house one that likely cannot pass the senate and a senate one that cannot likely pass the house. both cut more than $1 trillion in spending and do not raise ta
on the outcome. abc's jon karl joins us with the latest. what about it? how close are we finally to a deal? >> reporter: getting close to a deal. the outlines of this deal include up to $3 trillion in spending cuts over the next ten years including some cuts to popular entitlement programs like medicare and social security, also, elizabeth, it would include a promise or a commitment that congress would bring more money in through tax revenues by reforming the code, closing some of those loopholes, something that congress would act on. >> that last one, isn't that basically a tax increase in disguise? >> well, certainly some will call it that. the rates won't go up. congress would have to act over the next year. if they didn't ago, automatic steps would be taken that both sides wouldn't like which would be tax hikes and spending cuts possibly talking about repealing part of the health care bill. >> even if president obama and speaker boehner reach a deal they have their own rank and file to make happy. i was struck by a comment by barbara mikulski. we heard reports of a trillion dollar cut
and republicans seem no closer to a deal. abc's jon karl is covering it from capitol hill. we are seeing fire from the house speaker. >> reporter: we sure are. this vote today on his debt ceiling plan is the highest-stakes vote of his term as speaker of the house, and he is doing everything he can to get those tea partyers in line. john boehner is now demanding republicans stand with their party. in a closed door meeting he had a stern message for tea partyers who just don't like his debt ceiling plan. boehner told them get your ass in line. sources at the meeting tell abc news, a day after another republican leader attempted to rally the troops with a clip from the movie "the town." >> i need your help. i can't tell you what it is. you can never ask me about it later and we're going to hurt some people. >> which car are we going to ta take? >> reporter: allen west liked what he heard. >> i told him i would drive the car. >> they could have used "rudy," "hoosiers," "band of brothers" but this is the movie they decided on. >> reporter: maybe they can use a clip from "meatballs." >> it just doesn't
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race than he was a few weeks ago. jon, we were talking earlier on the surface it seems like a few points shift but given the backdrop of this economy and unemployment it's pretty dramatic. >> and the factor seems to be the debt ceiling standoff. take a look at the numbers against mitt romney, the president last opened up a lead, a pretty significant lead you see there of 51% to 44%. the lead is even more dramatic against other other candidate. look where he was a month ago, mitt romney was tied with president obama. the big factor here, in fact, the only factor that has really changed is that independent voters have moved away from the republicans and towards the president. >> so independent voters watching the debt showdown and weighing in. >> reporter:s that sea exactly right and don't like the way the republicans have been handling it. >> speaking of the republicans you take a look at how they're stacking up with the race. a familiar name starting to inch up. >> romney is still the front-runner if you look at the republican field. but look who is number two, not even a candidat
. abc's jon karl joins us from washington. all talks secret up until now. what more do we know about what president obama and the speaker of the house have been discussing. >> reporter: a big deal here, george. as you mentioned, this would mean that the president would go along with reductions in spending to social security and medicare, most likely cost of living increases going down and in exchange republicans would accept some increase in tax revenues as part of an overhaul of the tax code. as one top administration told me, we need to do something unthinkable on entitlements. they need to do something unthinkable on tacks. >> unthinkable may be the word. these talks have been going on between the president and speaker boehner but there hasn't been a lot of discussion among a wider conferences in the house and the senate democrats and republicans and i guess the big question coming out of today's meeting, when other leaders find out about it, is it something they can work with and is it something that will fly? >> reporter: a great question. boehner and the president may be able t
the latest for us overnight. good morning, jon. >> reporter: good morning, robin. we are reaching crisis time here on capitol hill. the republicans delayed a vote on their bill in the house because they don't even have enough republican votes to pass their own bill. democrats don't have the votes to pass their bill either. the only thing certain up here right now is that everything is in doubt. >> we appreciate you calling. >> reporter: the calls are pouring in. plenty of outrage but like congress itself, the callers seem hopelessly divided. >> i would really like for him to hold the line against any deal in congress. >> i am calling to ask that you cooperate with the president's efforts. >> reporter: the whole place seems to have broken down. republicans can't even convince some of their own members to vote for the republican plan. in a closed door meeting republican leader eric cantor told fellow conservatives to "stop whining and support the bill." acknowledging "the debt limit vote sucks." across the country, that's the view of washington itself. >> no one is certainly listening to the pe
? >> jon, they had been hoping on capitol hill to come up with some sort of deal before the markets opened today. the only thing that everyone seems to be accepting that any deal won't include any new tax increase. >> that's the big deal. you have harry reid coming up with a plan for democrats. that he says includes $2.7 trillion in spending cuts over the next ten years and gives the president the debt ceiling increase that takes him all of the way to 2013. republicans are already saying that those -- his plan includes gimmicks and phantom cuts. so the republicans are coming up with their plan, which would include about $1 trillion in cuts now. it would require the president to come back to congress next year to ask for another debt ceiling increase. >> that's the huge sticking point for the white house. the president has made it clear time and time again that he won't sign a short-term increase. he squashed it at the meeting last night. >> republicans leaders have said that as well. they didn't want any short-term solution to this problem. they changed their tune on this. white house said
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